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Newtown Families In D.C. To Push Congress On Gun Control

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As they prepare to mark six sad months since the Sandy Hook shooting this Friday, Newtown families who lost loved ones are in Washington again for some pretty high profile meetings.

They met with House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor Wednesday.  Media accounts say Newtown families and Republican leaders emerged from their meeting with little comment, Speaker John Boehner saying only it was, “very good. “

“Very good” to loved ones of the 26 killed at Sandy Hook might mean more than the Speaker will commit to. They would like lawmakers to take another run at tighter gun control measures including extended background checks.

But gun legislation failed in the senate in April.   The Speaker has repeatedly said he wants the Senate to act first, and Congress is already consumed with an equally controversial debate over immigration reform.

Undeterred the families have a full schedule in D.C. including delivering letters to key lawmakers signed by gun safety advocates.

At noon Thursday they will stand on the steps of the Capitol and read the names of the 26 children and educators killed in Sandy Hook as a human ribbon of remembrance forms.

Then it’s back to Newtown for a six month remembrance event Friday morning.

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